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Arizona Wildcats helmet-sticker update: UA comes so close against Wazzu to achieve season-high

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The Arizona Wildcats earned an above-average nine helmet stickers in their impressive 59-37 win over Washington State on Saturday.

They came so close to notching a season-high 12 but fell just short in three different categories:

— For only the second time this season, Arizona did not tally at least four possessions of at least eight plays. The Wildcats had only three — all by the first possession of the second quarter — but did not compile more. That is a Catch-22 because Arizona efficiently scored quickly in three second-half drives of six, seven and six plays.

— Another sticker that escaped Arizona was downing a punt by Drew Riggleman inside the 10 with 5:07 left in the second quarter. This deserves an asterisk but not a sticker (keeping the integrity of the process). The official play-by-play mentions the ball was downed at the Washington State 9-yard line. But on the next line it lists the starting point of the Cougars’ drive at the 10.

— A special teams sticker was almost earned for both a punt and kickoff return. Davonte’ Neal certainly earned the Wildcats a sticker with his 81-yard punt return for a touchdown to open Arizona’s scoring. Tyrell Johnson came two yards shy of earning a sticker with a 38-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

Aside from Neal’s return, the special teams scored a sticker by twice tackling kickoff returner Vince Mayle inside the 20-yard line.

Notes of other stickers earned against Washington State:

— The Wildcats won the turnover battle for the second consecutive game and are 4-3 in that regard this season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon has thrown 136 consecutive passes without an interception and has 20 touchdown passes to go with only four interceptions. His 20 touchdown passes are an Arizona freshman record, topping the 19 by Ortege Jenkins in 1997.

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HELMET STICKER RESULTS
HS: Helmet stickers

DATE VS W/L UA OPP HS Avg.
8/29 UNLV W 58 13 10 10
9/4 at UTSA W 26 23 9 9.5
9/13 Nevada W 35 28 4 7.7
9/20 California W 49 45 7 7.5
10/2 at Oregon W 31 24 8 7.6
10/11 USC L 26 28 6 7.3
10/25 at Wash. St. W 59 37 9 7.6


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— Solomon guided the Arizona offense to a conversion rate of 57 percent (8 of 14) on third-down and fourth-down attempts, earning the Wildcats only their second sticker of the season in that category (55 percent or higher).

— Arizona’s explosive offense had 17 plays of at least 12 yards, easily surpassing the goal of 10 plays. The Wildcats almost reached that goal by halftime with nine such plays.

— Sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright notched Arizona’s goal of at least three sacks by himself by reaching that number. Jared Tevis, a safety, had the other, which was one of his team-high 13 tackles (3.5 for lost yardage).

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HELMET STICKER CRITERIA

The Wildcats earn cat claws for the Arizona helmet if they achieve these following marks. This helmet will be updated weekly as the Wildcats attempt to fill the helmet with the cat claws:

LAST SIX GAMES

Goal WSU UCLA COLO WASH UTAH ASU
Win CatClaw
Pac-12 win CatClaw
Win turnover margin CatClaw
Score 24 points in win CatClaw
No turnovers
10 plays 12 or more yards CatClaw
4 drives 8 or more plays
55% 3rd/4th down conv CatClaw
No sacks allowed
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win
Defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force at least 3 turnovers
At least 3 sacks CatClaw
5 penalties or less
Recover onside kick
Force/recover fumble on kickoff
Tackle kickoff returner inside 20 CatClaw
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line
Force/recover fumble on punt
Kickoff return past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards CatClaw
Block punt
Successful fake FG attempt
FG 45 or more yards
Block kick

FIRST SIX GAMES

Goal UNLV UTSA NEV CAL ORE USC
Win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Pac-12 win CatClaw CatClaw
Win turnover margin CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Score 24 points in win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
No turnovers CatClaw CatClaw
10 plays 12 or more yards CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
4 drives 8 or more plays CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
55% 3rd/4th down conv CatClaw
No sacks allowed CatClaw
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win CatClaw
Defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs CatClaw CatClaw
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force at least 3 turnovers
At least 3 sacks CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
5 penalties or less
Recover onside kick CatClaw CatClaw
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
Tackle kickoff returner inside 20 CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line CatClaw CatClaw
Force/recover fumble on punt
Kickoff return past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards CatClaw
Block punt
Successful fake FG attempt
FG 45 or more yards CatClaw
Block kick

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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